Saturday, June 22, 2013

A U.S. President Inspired To Become A Freemason

When asked how he came to be a Freemason, President McKinley explained:

"After the battle of Opequon, I went with the surgeon of our Ohio regiment to the field where there were about 5,000 Confederate prisoners under guard.  Almost as soon as we passed the guard, I noticed the doctor shook hands with a number of Confederate prisoners.  He also took from his pocket a roll of bills and distributed all  he had among them.  Boy-like, I looked on in wonderment; I didn't know what it all meant.  On the way back to camp I asked him:

'Did you know these men or ever see them before?'
'No,' replied the doctor, 'I never saw them before.'
'But,' I persisted, 'You gave them a lot of money, all you had about you.  
Do you ever expect to get it back?'
'Well,' said the doctor, 'if they are able to pay me back, they will.  But it makes no difference to me; they are brother Masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty.'

"I said to myself, 'If that is Masonry, I will take some of it myself.' "

Editor's Note: Conflicting Masonic claims as to when he was raised. 
Some reports say Hiram Lodge No. 10 in Winchester, West Virginia in 1865
Some say Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester, Virginia
McKinley later affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio in 1867 
He received the Capitular degrees in Canton in 1883 and was made a Knight Templar in 1884.

McKinley was the last President to have served in the American Civil War

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Masonic Wedding?

Masonic Wedding at The Main Temple 
of the Grand Lodge Of Puerto Rico

You've heard about a Masonic Funeral, why not a Masonic Wedding?  It happens more often than you think.  In Texas, on Galveston Island in the Gulf, a Masonic groom and his bride can be wed in a “Masonic Wedding”. Masonic wedding ceremonies like the one above have also been performed in, Greece, Turkey, France, and the Netherlands.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Raise Flag

1st Annual Troop 151 
Memorial Day Flag Raising 
at Boylston Lodge

The troop camped out on Lodge grounds 
during very wet and cold conditions 
in the days leading up to 
Memorial Day 2013.

Saturday & Monday they performed public service 
at the West Boylston Memorial Day Program. 
Despite the weather their spirits 
were not dampened and they
cheerfully and patriotically 
raised the flag in honor 
and memory of
the fallen men and women 
of our American Military.

(Editors Note: Memorial Day Weekend 2013 was the coldest and wettest in the last 20 years! You can see in the picture the weather had cleared up in time for Monday)  Boy Scout Troop 151 ( Mohegan Council ) was recently re-chartered to the West Boylston Masonic Charity and Education Association.  They have been very active in and around public and Lodge events.  They are a very good group of boys who someday should prove to be some very fine and active men in community and service to their country!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Masonic Clothing Fundraiser

Proceeds Going To The 
Matthew John Whittall Lodge
Charitable Fund

Very reasonable prices
Get your order in soon!
Contact Information Is Found On Flyer

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Author Worth Reading

Carl H. Claudy 
Masonic author 
D.C. Grand Master in 1943
Executive Secretary of MSA

From the Masonic Service Association:

"There was a time, an age before television, video rentals, and pro sports, when Freemasons read. An age when sitting before a fire with a book of Masonic lore or history was regarded as an evening well spent. Emerging from that time is the name of an author unparalleled in his contributions to Masonic literature. Anyone who has read just a little of Carl H. Claudy's works cannot help but be charmed by the story told and the manner of expression.

Foreign Countries, Old Tiler Talks, The Old Past Master, A Master's Wages, These Were Brethren, Where Your Treasure Is, The Lion's Paw, and Masonic Harvest, are but a few of his more well known Masonic works.

Honor our Brother and brighten your Masonic Light and pick up and read one of his works.  You will enjoy comparing his perspective to today's world.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Educational Opportunity - Learn Scottish Rite's History

A Sublime Brotherhood: 
200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry 
in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Join Aimee E. Newell, the museum's Director of Collections and curator of the exhibition, to learn about the Scottish Rite's French roots, its founding in America two centuries ago and its evolution into one of the most popular American fraternal groups during the 1900s.  The exhibition includes photos, costumes, and Scottish Rite props, many of which have never previously been on view. 

This very informative free Gallery talk will held 
Saturday, June 15th 2013 at 2P.M.
National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road 
(At the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 861-6559